During a flight in July 2004 from Larnaca (Cyprus) to Cairo (Egypt) onboard an Egypt Air Boeing 737-500, a minute or so after the aircraft rotated, the emergency door handle cover (a plastic cover that covers the handle from being clearly visible) fell off. I was sat in the row behind the emergency exit, and it was clear that the passenger who was sat next to the emergency exit was very uncomfortable. The cover was hanging (on a piece of cord) however, she didn't appear to know what its purpose was, and her partner, was reaching across trying to fix it back into place. However, he struggled and pressed the cabin crew call button as a result of failing to put it back into place. Several minutes later (I assume they were not allowed to leave their seats until the aircraft reached 10000ft) a male F/A came and reached over, and eventually managed to fix it into place once another passenger had informed him that he was trying to put it on the wrong way round.
I was just wondering, how much of a safety concern is this? (if any) as I said, the aircraft had only just rotated, therefore, is it possible that the emergency exit door could have been accidently opened assuming that the pressure may not have been very high? (Sorry, I don't know all of the facts regarding pressurization, hence the reason for this topic)
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[Edited 2006-01-13 19:40:12]